By Jeremiah Chamakany
The outcry of the unemployed professionals in Baringo has played out very loudly in Mogotio .
A group of College and University students engaged their Member of Parliament Dr. Daniel Tuitoek in a two hour discussion about the future of Mogotio’s educated Youth.
Raymond Binott,one of the Patrons in charge of the Popular Front –Baringo EquiHeritage Forum arranged the Meeting in Lomanira Splendour Hotel .The event was moderated By one Amkitch .
Gladys Mosomstai,PhD ,Environmental Science, University of Kwa Zulu Natal,and Engineer Peter Cheptoo from Chepchorgin formed the Panel that not only addressed Career Development, but the realities of the Job Market major Revelation by Engineer Kiptoo about the sorry state of Engineers in Kenya was the real event Ice Breaker.
‘’It’s very sad that even with so many Engineers in Kenya, foreign contractors still dominate Kenya’s road building Industry ,Dam construction and Power Generation’’ revealed Kiptoo and at the same time indicating that because of the sorry situation facing Engineers in Baringo and Kenya as a Country, an Engineers Union is in the process of making their voices being heard, and stop a situation where a foreign contractor enjoys the freedom to hires a Kenyan fully fledged Engineer, and pay him or her Ksh 10,000.00 Monthly Salary!!!
With that in mind, the climax of the discussion came knocking when it emerged that no matter how much brilliant you are in Kenya academically, no matter how many First Honors you clinch in University, its upon your County Government to give you a job, or you forget your degree and start selling Honey, bead work, raise tree nurseries or produce building bricks like what Many graduates in Baringo have opted to do.
Chebet Birir,a Professional Surveyor moved the audience after revealing how much it is not only difficult to get employment in Baringo,but also Internship.
‘’I did my attachment in Kiambu County but when it comes to Internship where I am supposed to be paid something, they told me to go back to my County of Birth, as it reads in my National Identity Card. Back in Baringo,my County is not giving me any opportunity. I went to Chemususu Dam to seek my luck and face to face; met foreigners not ready to engage me in the work I trained for…!Where or which County am I supposed to Go Now? ’The towering Girl with long hair asked the seating and every one was like…’’Ala’’
Meanwhile, Doctor Tuitoek spoke words of wisdom and hope; he breathed some life into the broken hearts of the youth from his constituency.
He promised to give Ksh5,000 shillings to every Youth involved IT activities, to gain more IT knowledge at a place called Mwachon but more interestingly, he promised to ensure that the National CEO of the Youth Fund comes to Mogotio,and disperse as more money as possible for Youth to engage in Business, and other money making ventures.
Even with a University degree of any kind; Looks like Job-Seeking should now be Declared Backward!!!Self Employment is the Way to Go! Only Hope for modern Day Youth is Self EmployMent,! In a nutshell, it’s worth Note that Self Employment is the only sure Way to What some people call Self Actualization!!!!